Friday December 16, 2016
And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2:10-11
Christmas is to be a time of great joy!
On that first Christmas night, the angel announced to the shepherds “good news of a great joy.” The Savior has come!! That announcement changed the shepherd’s lives forever. They were filled with joy, wonder, and praise.
At Christmas time, are you filled with joy, wonder, and praise? Or has the devil, the original Grinch, the thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, stolen those things from you?
You can get you joy back! Think about the angel’s announcement, “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” What does that really mean for you and me?
The Savior has come to save you from a dark past. All the terrible, horrible things you have done are no match for the Savior’s blood that He shed for you on the cross. The moment you confess those sins to God and repent of them, you are forgiven.
The Savior has come to save you from an empty present. Many people are surviving and not really living.
Jesus came at Christmas not to fill your empty stocking, but to fill your empty life!
He has a purpose and a plan for you. Come to Him. Surrender to Him. Let Him lead you. He wants to bring you joy and peace, regardless of your circumstances.
He wants to use your life to make a difference in others, a difference that will last for all eternity.
The Savior has come to save you from a hopeless future. Everyone without God is without hope.
No one comes to the Father without the Savior, Jesus Christ. But now He has come, and you can really know Him personally, and be assured of His presence, and provision while we live.
Friend, don’t let the devil steal from you and your Christmas time any longer! The Savior has come, and He has come for you! Receive the good news and rejoice in the truth!
Prayer: “God, thank you for the good news of great joy. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for what he means to me personally in my life. Help me to not let the devil steal any of my joy during this season. In your name I pray, Amen.”